Learn to make anything
Mechanical engineering is essential to the design and manufacture of nearly every product in our modern world. From your first project on the CNC mill in the Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Prototyping Lab to the possibility of designing thermofluid systems for effective energy use in the Microscale Heat Transfer Laboratory or expanding the capabilities of our NASA satellites and seafaring submersibles, you’ll have significant opportunities to put concept into practice, often working at the leading edge of the field.
Whether you get your B.S., Master's, or Ph.D in the department, you’ll develop your creative and technical skills from faculty members who’ve worked for industry giants and have received millions in support of their research.
We train our students to think across disciplines, while also solving very specialized problems. You’ll be prepared to work in research and development, product design, or materials engineering at top firms in and beyond the Bay Area.
Students, Alumni, and Faculty Spotlights
Faculty, staff and students in the Robotic Systems Laboratory (RSL), directed by Dr. Christopher Kitts, are currently working on several innovative marine systems as part of three grants valued at more than $1,300,000. These include development of a deep sea water sampler using shape memory alloy technology to sample water at temperatures of up to 200 deg C (National Science Foundation), a new hybrid aerial/underwater vehicle (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), and a long duration autonomous underwater robot (Office of Naval Research).
Dr. Mohammad Ayoubi received in-kind donations of $280K from Sentek Dynamics, Crystal Instruments, and PCB Piezotronics in order to establish a research laboratory in the areas of structural dynamics, shock, and vibrations. Many standard tests including thermal, humidity, sinusoidal, and random vibration of mechanical, electronic and electrical components can be performed in this new laboratory.
Dr. Mahantesh Hiremath begins his term as the 140th President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), leading the professional society to help the global engineering community address real world challenges. Dr. Hiremath is an Adjunct Faculty in Mechanical Engineering at SCU. In addition to teaching in the areas of dynamics and mechanical vibrations, Dr. Hiremath has fostered our close ties to the local aerospace industry in Silicon Valley.
We are so proud of your accomplishment, and wish you all the best in the years to come! We have also celebrated the achievements of some graduating MECH seniors at the the 2021 Engineering Senior Awards and Honors Convocation.
Dr. Michael Taylor has received the Award for Teaching Excellence in the School of Engineering. “Professor Taylor really cares about his students and wants them to learn the material and succeed.” This student comment is representative of the many accolades Michael Taylor consistently earns on his outstanding teaching evaluations.
Dr. Nataliya Starostina was featured in a blog by Oxford Instruments entitled “Innovate- How do you teach a lab course under COVID-19 restrictions?” on her new way to teach MECH 333B Experimental Analysis in Materials Science.